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Chicago Employment

Employment and Industries in the Chicago, Illinois Area

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. The Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metropolitan area is also the third largest metropolitan area in the United States. As with other large metropolitan areas, the Chicago metropolitan area has a tremendous concentration of wealth and commerce. The Chicago metropolitan area is home to over thirty-five Fortune 1000 company headquarters. There are approximately 100 corporate headquarters located in and around Chicago.

Chicago is one of eleven U.S. global cities, also known as world cities or world-class cities, according to the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network. It is ranked as an "Alpha World City". Chicago is one of only three US "Alpha" world cities (the others being Los Angeles and New York). According to Wikipedia, "A... world city... is a city that has a direct and tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means."

Chicago is very centrally located making it an ideal distribution and shipping hub. 50% of all of North American industry is within a one day truck drive of Chicago, and 75% all North American consumers are less than two days away from Chicago. For these reasons, 45% of all available industrial real estate is devoted to warehousing and distribution. According to World Business Chicago, Chicago is the number one distribution center (number one in truck, intermodal, rail, and air distribution) in the United States.

Major industries in the Chicago metropolitan area include:

  • Advanced telecommunications
  • Biotechnology
  • Business services
  • Financial services
  • Food processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Printing and publishing
  • Technology
  • Transportation and distribution
  • Wireless

Chicago is also home to four major financial and futures exchanges, including the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Merc), as well as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (the Seventh District of the Federal Reserve).

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Chicago ranks ninth on the list of US cities who receive the most annual funding from the NIH.

Some major companies of note in and around Chicago include:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Accenture
  • Ace Hardware
  • AC Nielsen
  • Allstate
  • Baxter International
  • Boeing
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Chicago Stock Exchange
  • Citadel Investment Group
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Discover Card (a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley)
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Kraft Foods
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Motorola
  • OfficeMax
  • Orbitz
  • Playboy Enterprises
  • Quaker Oats
  • R.R. Donnelley & Sons
  • Sara Lee
  • Sears Holdings
  • Tootsie Roll Industries
  • Underwriters Laboratories
  • United Airlines
  • US Robotics
  • Walgreens
  • Zenith Electronics Corporation

Some of the major business organizations in and around Chicago include:

Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago Business, and the Business Section of the Chicago Tribune are excellent sources of information on business in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Chicago, Illinois Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 71,170 $67,740 $46,320 - 93,060 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 50,050 $63,980 $35,050 - 99,820 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 46,890 $70,900 $29,830 - 127,840 8% 51%
4 Accountants and auditors 37,770 $70,730 $40,700 - 106,360 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 36,260 $77,340 $44,060 - 118,740 6% 96%
6 Managers, all other 33,780 $103,060 $49,100 - 7% 55%
7 Lawyers 25,350 $142,780 $64,900 - 11% 99%
8 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 19,200 $65,040 $36,840 - 99,210 11% 95%
9 Management analysts 19,060 $91,320 $39,170 - 161,640 22% 78%
10 Computer programmers 17,030 $78,130 $46,550 - 119,950 -4% 73%
11 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 16,580 $71,920 $34,880 - 118,340 12% 51%
12 Financial managers 16,140 $123,390 $64,750 - 13% 60%
13 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 15,380 $90,940 $34,760 - 25% 67%
14 Computer software engineers, systems software 14,800 $91,370 $47,100 - 131,650 28% 85%
15 Computer software engineers, applications 14,140 $88,330 $52,600 - 129,350 45% 85%
16 Sales managers 12,900 $110,530 $45,930 - 10% 69%
17 Computer systems analysts 12,330 $81,420 $52,710 - 118,680 29% 68%
18 Market research analysts 11,520 $61,540 $29,250 - 102,510 20% 82%
19 Network and computer systems administrators 11,170 $75,000 $45,070 - 106,640 27% 50%
20 Financial analysts 11,110 $93,910 $42,970 - 34% 87%
21 Chief executives 10,160 $171,670 $78,430 - 2% 65%
22 Computer and information systems managers 9,710 $119,860 $65,660 - 16% 73%
23 Computer specialists, all other 9,490 $75,440 $40,250 - 113,730 15% 68%
24 Education, training, and library workers, all other 9,310 $47,160 $16,290 - 99,980 11% 79%
25 Financial specialists, all other 8,190 $76,570 $31,650 - 140,560 12% 50%
26 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 8,000 $65,670 $28,040 - 147,230 18% 56%
27 Graphic designers 7,500 $49,830 $28,090 - 75,590 10% 55%
28 Child, family, and school social workers 7,270 $57,790 $30,500 - 93,340 19% 77%
29 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 7,140 $115,030 $63,910 - 164,380 8% 78%
30 Engineers, all other 6,960 $88,270 $51,290 - 133,610 6% 82%
31 Social and human service assistants 6,900 $29,170 $17,200 - 43,570 34% 58%
32 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 6,670 $55,050 $16,080 - 93,700 17% 56%
33 Pharmacists 6,330 $99,370 $68,980 - 129,870 22% 97%
34 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 6,070 $124,930 $58,120 - 13% 74%
35 Sales and related workers, all other 5,970 $43,050 $16,170 - 79,690 14% 62%
36 Marketing managers 5,850 $117,360 $59,720 - 14% 69%
37 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 5,690 $54,490 $29,270 - 90,250 5% 58%
38 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 5,610 $57,680 $31,310 - 93,140 20% 87%
39 Training and development specialists 5,490 $57,250 $28,980 - 89,530 18% 56%
40 Network systems and data communications analysts 5,420 $74,680 $43,580 - 112,980 53% 57%
41 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 5,370 $70,420 $32,630 - 121,200 13% 73%
42 Insurance underwriters 5,320 $70,790 $38,860 - 111,010 6% 53%
43 Medical and health services managers 5,260 $87,430 $48,440 - 136,830 16% 57%
44 Public relations specialists 5,180 $57,360 $29,140 - 95,250 18% 81%
45 Mechanical engineers 5,150 $75,990 $47,630 - 109,840 4% 78%
46 Librarians 5,050 $64,420 $35,400 - 102,870 4% 85%
47 Civil engineers 5,010 $79,140 $48,090 - 114,830 18% 87%
48 Editors 4,770 $56,690 $35,450 - 85,320 2% 81%
49 Engineering managers 4,680 $113,400 $66,280 - 162,980 7% 84%
50 Advertising sales agents 4,670 $55,920 $22,460 - 96,790 20% 56%
51 Industrial engineers 4,600 $74,780 $45,130 - 106,980 20% 74%
52 Physical therapists 4,540 $82,810 $53,600 - 120,290 27% 89%
53 Speech-language pathologists 4,460 $68,060 $36,310 - 101,870 11% 98%
54 Architects, except landscape and naval 4,450 $73,130 $40,240 - 116,920 18% 88%
55 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 4,190 $40,040 $25,420 - 61,390 15% 51%
56 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 3,850 $51,370 $29,750 - 68,450 12% 51%
57 Database administrators 3,810 $75,120 $44,440 - 114,810 29% 72%
58 Personal financial advisors 3,690 $95,690 $37,650 - 41% 81%
59 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 3,660 $61,880 $40,020 - 87,290 18% 56%
60 Electrical engineers 3,640 $85,460 $56,190 - 120,680 6% 81%
61 Coaches and scouts 3,630 $35,250 $15,880 - 61,420 15% 60%
62 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 3,610 $51,270 $27,380 - 95,050 15% 72%
63 Social workers, all other 3,570 $53,690 $30,770 - 78,970 18% 77%
64 Instructional coordinators 3,390 $56,760 $30,090 - 93,390 23% 79%
65 Mental health counselors 3,210 $41,840 $26,000 - 61,330 30% 73%
66 Community and social service specialists, all other 3,170 $39,210 $19,110 - 67,320 25% 58%
67 Dentists, general 3,060 $152,290 $73,600 - 9% 100%
68 Electronics engineers, except computer 3,000 $85,000 $56,050 - 121,570 4% 81%
69 Occupational therapists 2,840 $74,560 $39,020 - 105,630 23% 90%
70 Special education teachers, middle school 2,820 $58,100 $39,680 - 78,950 16% 87%
71 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 2,790 $73,170 $35,200 - 121,240 16% 99%
72 Credit analysts 2,700 $72,130 $37,010 - 121,710 2% 60%
73 Physicists 2,670 $118,810 $71,200 - 7% 95%
74 Human resources managers, all other 2,630 $108,230 $55,990 - 11% 58%
75 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 2,610 $40,510 $25,870 - 60,020 30% 77%
76 Special education teachers, secondary school 2,570 $72,640 $39,720 - 117,220 9% 87%
77 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 2,410 $36,540 $21,210 - 58,360 34% 73%
78 Medical and public health social workers 2,310 $55,590 $29,920 - 81,200 24% 77%
79 Tax preparers 2,260 $36,610 $17,630 - 57,950 -8% 54%
80 Social and community service managers 2,210 $59,580 $34,000 - 89,160 25% 72%
81 Interior designers 2,210 $51,980 $30,040 - 80,420 20% 55%
82 Meeting and convention planners 2,110 $51,330 $29,130 - 78,550 20% 67%
83 Purchasing managers 2,050 $88,180 $47,180 - 132,730 3% 57%
84 Advertising and promotions managers 1,980 $88,840 $44,380 - 151,450 6% 76%
85 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,980 $75,930 $49,600 - 101,900 17% 54%
86 Legislators 1,810 $40,200 $15,660 - 100,470 1% 65%
87 Education administrators, postsecondary 1,800 $98,180 $41,090 - 14% 78%
88 Rehabilitation counselors 1,740 $39,490 $25,440 - 63,400 23% 73%
89 Chemists 1,630 $70,000 $39,570 - 108,500 9% 93%
90 Budget analysts 1,580 $79,670 $48,890 - 110,900 7% 78%
91 Public relations managers 1,550 $95,230 $47,440 - 163,970 17% 75%
92 Operations research analysts 1,540 $71,160 $46,170 - 102,650 11% 71%
93 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 1,510 $29,430 $18,090 - 40,920 11% 55%
94 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 1,480 $56,570 $43,570 - 76,550 11% 58%
95 Compensation and benefits managers 1,470 $85,450 $52,300 - 131,160 12% 58%
96 Environmental engineers 1,450 $79,140 $31,120 - 112,320 25% 86%
97 Surveyors 1,450 $65,880 $36,210 - 96,760 24% 82%
98 Reporters and correspondents 1,430 $42,700 $16,310 - 82,280 1% 85%
99 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,410 $75,160 $42,130 - 115,030 25% 93%
100 Therapists, all other 1,390 $44,750 $20,550 - 67,680 10% 83%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 122,290 $25,390 $16,200 - 38,890 12% 25%
2 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 86,210 $25,200 $16,190 - 39,160 2% 5%
3 Cashiers 85,350 $19,510 $15,930 - 25,050 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 72,040 $28,300 $16,660 - 41,140 13% 19%
5 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 66,920 $26,330 $16,460 - 39,670 15% 4%
6 Customer service representatives 65,970 $36,960 $21,920 - 57,280 25% 22%
7 Business operations specialists, all other 64,450 $65,650 $26,080 - 118,070 21% 49%
8 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 55,230 $18,020 $15,860 - 21,280 18% 5%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 53,210 $22,930 $16,240 - 33,070 -8% 8%
10 Waiters and waitresses 49,840 $20,920 $15,850 - 32,490 11% 14%
11 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 49,430 $46,500 $29,600 - 65,830 15% 18%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 43,780 $36,800 $23,810 - 51,300 13% 16%
13 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 41,980 $32,780 $20,410 - 47,690 1% 18%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 38,880 $45,250 $29,830 - 63,280 10% 4%
15 Security guards 38,420 $25,630 $17,340 - 37,100 17% 13%
16 Packers and packagers, hand 38,360 $21,290 $16,040 - 30,880 -12% 3%
17 General and operations managers 37,750 $125,540 $56,220 - 2% 48%
18 Team assemblers 36,650 $24,990 $16,080 - 37,720 0% 5%
19 Construction laborers 35,800 $43,970 $16,150 - 79,120 11% 5%
20 Receptionists and information clerks 34,660 $27,590 $18,210 - 38,270 17% 13%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 34,320 $56,260 $30,820 - 84,550 6% 29%
22 Food preparation workers 32,880 $20,290 $16,030 - 26,030 15% 7%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 31,470 $43,180 $23,730 - 65,170 10% 6%
24 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 31,240 $24,650 $17,830 - 32,520 18% 7%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 30,250 $43,720 $21,900 - 70,760 4% 25%
26 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,700 $30,350 $18,840 - 45,310 4% 6%
27 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 25,070 $33,550 $18,200 - 55,460 8% 4%
28 Carpenters 24,910 $63,520 $34,740 - 86,000 10% 6%
29 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 22,520 $68,900 $40,100 - 94,580 11% 33%
30 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 22,260 $26,650 $17,270 - 37,910 18% 6%
31 Teacher assistants 22,150 $23,050 $16,100 - 32,020 10% 18%
32 Office and administrative support workers, all other 21,410 $34,860 $16,320 - 53,500 -9% 32%
33 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,350 $21,480 $16,370 - 29,540 13% 5%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 20,930 $56,280 $26,130 - 87,040 -5% 15%
35 Production workers, all other 20,770 $30,380 $16,100 - 49,760 2% 5%
36 Cooks, restaurant 19,360 $22,990 $16,540 - 30,870 12% 5%
37 Machinists 19,120 $37,310 $20,120 - 56,150 -3% 3%
38 Industrial truck and tractor operators 18,790 $31,810 $20,250 - 46,720 -2% 2%
39 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 18,140 $43,730 $21,010 - 70,430 14% 4%
40 Electricians 18,100 $69,640 $43,330 - 89,020 7% 7%
41 Tellers 18,020 $25,720 $18,550 - 33,560 14% 16%
42 Home health aides 17,890 $22,610 $16,530 - 33,130 49% 7%
43 Helpers--production workers 17,750 $22,390 $16,040 - 32,570 -1% 4%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 17,710 $33,800 $20,410 - 50,270 11% 14%
45 Sales representatives, services, all other 17,660 $67,020 $27,610 - 125,900 28% 48%
46 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 15,420 $18,310 $15,600 - 23,660 10% 8%
47 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 14,960 $35,310 $24,380 - 48,320 4% 15%
48 Cooks, fast food 14,960 $18,280 $15,850 - 23,030 8% 5%
49 Computer support specialists 14,530 $52,820 $31,020 - 80,250 13% 43%
50 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 14,520 $25,750 $16,260 - 40,230 -5% 5%
51 Bartenders 14,260 $21,510 $15,900 - 32,570 11% 17%
52 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 14,080 $19,190 $15,920 - 24,820 12% 6%
53 Bill and account collectors 13,350 $34,950 $22,290 - 49,790 23% 13%
54 Personal and home care aides 13,310 $19,590 $16,050 - 24,870 51% 10%
55 Dishwashers 13,230 $17,800 $15,890 - 20,730 10% 3%
56 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 12,450 $74,620 $47,110 - 100,250 11% 4%
57 Data entry keyers 12,370 $26,590 $16,630 - 37,980 -5% 18%
58 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 12,310 $33,510 $18,640 - 52,070 -7% 14%
59 Counter and rental clerks 12,150 $23,750 $16,090 - 34,590 23% 16%
60 Fire fighters 12,090 $55,980 $23,150 - 87,310 12% 18%
61 Loan officers 12,080 $68,110 $30,070 - 114,360 12% 49%
62 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 11,990 $45,330 $34,370 - 57,470 14% 7%
63 Postsecondary teachers, all other 11,300 $78,130 $16,220 - 154,040 0% 0%
64 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 11,160 $26,920 $16,200 - 42,110 12% 6%
65 Bus drivers, school 10,490 $28,720 $17,260 - 40,980 9% 4%
66 Legal secretaries 10,370 $46,520 $28,270 - 67,830 12% 18%
67 Medical assistants 10,290 $31,000 $22,220 - 41,390 35% 10%
68 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 10,020 $30,490 $15,990 - 57,150 -9% 5%
69 Postal service mail carriers 9,990 $0 $ - 1% 11%
70 Pharmacy technicians 9,700 $28,950 $21,480 - 38,550 32% 16%
71 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 9,590 $30,430 $17,840 - 47,070 -15% 0%
72 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 9,510 $70,730 $41,560 - 103,790 7% 13%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 9,350 $89,210 $40,980 - 161,790 4% 38%
74 Medical secretaries 9,260 $36,600 $24,040 - 52,220 17% 18%
75 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 9,220 $66,790 $37,560 - 100,710 9% 47%
76 Child care workers 9,080 $23,190 $16,170 - 31,700 18% 15%
77 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 8,810 $20,050 $16,020 - 24,980 10% 17%
78 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 8,770 $34,710 $16,320 - 65,480 27% 47%
79 Recreation workers 8,770 $24,040 $16,190 - 35,470 13% 47%
80 Administrative services managers 8,620 $69,820 $30,030 - 120,440 12% 40%
81 Insurance sales agents 8,590 $68,550 $27,300 - 136,080 13% 45%
82 Flight attendants 8,490 $33,410 $21,040 - 49,250 11% 31%
83 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 8,330 $56,830 $35,280 - 74,270 3% 13%
84 Preschool teachers, except special education 8,300 $28,720 $19,030 - 40,010 26% 43%
85 Dental assistants 8,230 $32,810 $23,850 - 42,340 29% 9%
86 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 8,230 $0 $ - -8% 12%
87 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 8,220 $22,140 $16,020 - 32,450 14% 3%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 8,130 $82,750 $47,700 - 114,070 9% 10%
89 Healthcare support workers, all other 8,090 $33,650 $20,790 - 48,440 16% 10%
90 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 7,980 $45,410 $26,260 - 65,920 4% 30%
91 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 7,690 $25,460 $17,770 - 34,890 11% 5%
92 Printing machine operators 7,470 $33,050 $18,240 - 53,860 -6% 6%
93 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 7,390 $61,520 $35,960 - 93,710 0% 42%
94 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 7,360 $35,580 $20,740 - 55,590 5% 2%
95 Motor vehicle operators, all other 7,200 $37,040 $16,710 - 74,220 11% 0%
96 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 7,150 $39,570 $27,410 - 54,520 3% 18%
97 Driver/sales workers 7,100 $35,890 $16,280 - 60,490 -5% 4%
98 Physicians and surgeons, all other 7,040 $141,580 $47,070 - 0% 0%
99 Order clerks 6,950 $32,320 $18,690 - 48,010 -24% 16%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 6,920 $48,880 $28,460 - 74,890 13% 17%
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Jobs More Common Near Chicago Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 57,630 160 28.2
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 57,170 380 24.9
Rail transportation workers, all other 0 400 22.1
Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers 32,740 440 16.3
Musical instrument repairers and tuners 44,800 350 14.9
Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators 0 280 11.9
Physicists 118,810 2,670 8.3
Rail car repairers 38,700 790 7.7
Religious workers, all other 38,500 450 7.3
Forest and conservation workers 46,640 180 7.1
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers 38,470 760 6.9
Building cleaning workers, all other 0 370 6.5
Flight attendants 33,410 8,490 5.3
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 26,910 1,550 5
Orthotists and prosthetists 70,620 170 4.9
Model makers, metal and plastic 52,780 450 4.9
Therapists, all other 44,750 1,390 4.8
Sewers, hand 23,750 370 4.8
Airfield operations specialists 0 390 4.8
Designers, all other 67,680 960 4.7
Shoe and leather workers and repairers 25,600 280 4.7
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders 29,770 960 4.7
Woodworkers, all other 24,920 470 4.6
Orthodontists 195,690 140 4.4
Education, training, and library workers, all other 47,160 9,310 4.4
Transportation attendants, except flight attendants and baggage porters 19,060 2,100 4.4
Food preparation and serving related workers, all other 22,600 4,940 4.3
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 44,370 350 4.2
Grounds maintenance workers, all other 28,460 590 4.2
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 23,840 2,960 4.1
Occupational therapist aides 28,110 340 4.1
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 24,930 620 4
Materials scientists 91,240 690 3.9
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors 51,550 340 3.8
Archivists 52,320 340 3.8
Etchers and engravers 33,580 480 3.7
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 124,930 6,070 3.6
Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants 22,060 1,660 3.6
Motor vehicle operators, all other 37,040 7,200 3.5
Cooks, all other 27,150 920 3.5
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 82,100 690 3.3
Production workers, all other 30,380 20,770 3.3
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,840 2,100 3.2
Shampooers 19,530 1,110 3.2
Food scientists and technologists 76,480 430 3.2
Managers, all other 103,060 33,780 3.1
Social work teachers, postsecondary 63,880 300 3
Public address system and other announcers 58,660 390 3
Office and administrative support workers, all other 34,860 21,410 3
Patternmakers, metal and plastic 38,340 170 2.8

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Chicago, Illinois Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Helpers, construction trades, all other 64,430 2.39 340
Hazardous materials removal workers 70,090 1.82 340
Photographers 56,060 1.78 1,860
Pipelayers 64,020 1.75 310
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 74,650 1.74 6,430
Construction and related workers, all other 62,780 1.72 730
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 65,420 1.7 2,050
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 60,340 1.67 520
Glaziers 66,010 1.67 980
Structural iron and steel workers 75,990 1.67 1,420
Plasterers and stucco masons 66,070 1.66 150
Cement masons and concrete finishers 61,340 1.66 4,430
Stonemasons 72,280 1.64 130
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 68,450 1.62 1,120
Carpenters 63,520 1.62 24,910
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 74,620 1.62 12,450
Public address system and other announcers 58,660 1.58 390
Tile and marble setters 65,300 1.58 1,380
Motion picture projectionists 36,400 1.58 230
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 103,780 1.56 2,460
Brickmasons and blockmasons 70,940 1.56 4,400
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 45,930 1.55 1,040
Sheet metal workers 63,780 1.53 4,520
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 59,000 1.52 700
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 77,340 1.51 36,260
Carpet installers 63,370 1.5 1,570
Tapers 69,750 1.5 1,070
Electricians 69,640 1.49 18,100
Painters, construction and maintenance 50,790 1.48 6,330
Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons 35,610 1.47 280
Agricultural equipment operators 36,540 1.47 120
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 67,460 1.47 360
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers 38,470 1.45 760
Electrical and electronics drafters 76,810 1.45 580
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 58,700 1.44 1,230
Protective service workers, all other 44,450 1.43 1,050
Forest and conservation workers 46,640 1.43 180
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 82,750 1.42 8,130
Child, family, and school social workers 57,790 1.42 7,270
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 68,900 1.42 22,520
Construction laborers 43,970 1.41 35,800
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 115,030 1.41 7,140
Special education teachers, secondary school 72,640 1.41 2,570
Designers, all other 67,680 1.41 960
Property, real estate, and community association managers 75,210 1.41 3,600
Riggers 61,220 1.41 380
Helpers--carpenters 36,430 1.4 1,680
Lawyers 142,780 1.39 25,350
Highway maintenance workers 48,920 1.39 2,290
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 95,790 1.39 140

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